Did you know that copper-based metal “alloys” such as brass and bronze are actually Antimicrobial Copper alloys?
Copper can be combined with other metals to create alloys such as brass and bronze, which have different aesthetic and engineering properties. With over 500 alloys registered by the EPA, a wide array of color, form and finish options are available to satisfy diverse design needs. These continuously active building materials can be used to create strong, durable surfaces suitable for a range of applications.
Three main characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper a highly effective* touch surface material:
Superior physical properties
The right Antimicrobial Copper alloy can go head to head with steel in terms of strength and durability. In addition to their antimicrobial properties, Antimicrobial Copper alloys are:
- Can stand up to harsh environments and chemicals
- Can retain details and finish over time
Flexible manufacturing capabilities
Antimicrobial Copper alloys are extremely versatile and can be manufactured using a variety of conventional metal manufacturing processes. Antimicrobial Copper can be:
Material cost doesn't drive final product price. Manufacturing costs of Antimicrobial Copper are very competitive when comparing to other materials. Some of the contributing factors are:
- Easily fabricated
- More parts per minute
- Longer tool life
- Completely recyclable
For specific alloy property data, please visit the searchable database.
Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.
Some specific copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is important that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.